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Language: Catalan

Description: A name for a tomato in Mallorca. Generally speaking the tomato is a red, spherical vegetable fruit, with soft red flesh and multiple seeds held in a jelly like substance. There are varieties in all the colours from yellow to purple or almost black, and varying in size from "cherry" tomatoes at the size of a marble through to huge beefsteak tomatoes which can weigh as much as 500g (1 lb) for a single fruit. Various plum varieties of tomato, literally plum shaped, and particularly Italian ones, are valued for their use in cuisine. Tomatoes are hugely versatile, being a useful raw addition to salads, both for their colour and flavour, and as an ingredient in cooking rich sauces. It is astonishing to think that the tomato is such a recent addition to the cuisine of Europe having been brought from South America by the Spanish during the 16th Century.

Tomatoes at the beautiful Casa Dona Angela in Frigiliana in Andalucia

Pronounced: too-MAH-tee-gah
Latin: Lycopersicon esculentum
Ethnicity: Catalan
Most frequent country: Andorra, Spain
Most frequent region: Balearic Islands

See places: Spanish food and cuisine, Catalan food and cuisine, Balearic Islands

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